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14/07/2013 20:41, Report by Adam Marshall
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Powell's big season

Bryan Robson is expecting Manchester United's younger players to come of age during the upcoming campaign with the former Reds captain feeling it is a big season for Nick Powell.

Last year's signing from Crewe Alexandra underwent surgery in the summer and has not been taken on the Tour 2013 presented by Aon. However, the teenager will be aiming to break into the first team unless a decision is taken to accept one of the loan offers reportedly being made for his services.

One cause for optimism on his part will be the fact that David Moyes sat alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan during the Railwaymen's League Two match against Aldershot in May 2012, reportedly because he was also running the rule over Powell as a possible target for Everton.

With plenty of potential for improvement throughout the squad, there are encouraging signs for new manager Moyes that his existing pool of players will get stronger.

"For me, David De Gea came on really well," Robson told ManUtd.com. "Rafael and Jonny Evans both had great seasons. As for Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley, I'd like to see a little bit more from Tom next year.

"I think we'll see strong performances from Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as their progress was interrupted with injuries and then it'll be really interesting for Nick Powell because he can be a really good player but didn't quite establish himself last year. So it's a big season for him. Obviously, Wilfried Zaha has got to be given time so he can find his feet but, as for the other lads, I'm looking for an improvement from them."

Robson feels a decision will be delayed on whether Powell is farmed out on loan with several clubs rumoured to be interested.

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